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Presidential Search Update

March 19, 2019

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community:

As Board Chair Scott McGraw wrote in his message on March 5, we have been appointed to serve as co-chairs of the newly formed Presidential Search Committee (PSC), and we are delighted and honored to coordinate the search process.

During the past two weeks, faculty, staff and student leaders reviewed nominations and identified members of their respective constituencies who are willing to serve on the PSC. While individuals were selected to serve based on their individual constituencies, all members will now come together as one committee in this important service to the Board of Trustees. We are very grateful to all who participated in this process.

We are pleased to announce the members of the committee:

  • Jon Achenbaum '77, Trustee (Co-chair)
  • Maxine Isaacs '69, Trustee (Co-chair)
  • Susan Gottlieb Beckerman '67, Trustee
  • Barbara Black, Faculty
  • Michael Forbes, Staff
  • Sibyl Waterman Haley '71, Trustee
  • Nancy Hamilton '77, Trustee
  • Malchijah Hoskins '22, Student
  • David Howson, Faculty
  • Linda Jackson-Chalmers '73, Trustee
  • Scott Martin '79, Trustee
  • Barbara Kahn Moller '78, Trustee
  • Corinne Moss-Racusin, Faculty
  • Bernardo Ramirez Rios, Faculty
  • Alicia Sandoval Vadillo '20, Student
  • Joshua Woodfork, Staff

Administrative support for the search will be provided by Susan Koppi.

As reported by Chair McGraw, the search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a highly respected national search firm with a proven record in higher education placements, will assist with the search for Skidmore’s next president.

Throughout this process, there will be a number of ways for the Skidmore community to be involved:

Search Website

The Presidential Search Website will serve as your conduit for information regarding the search. The page provides a variety of information, including search updates, a list of search committee members, a web form for comments and nominations, and key dates and scheduled events.

Community Forums

Consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, and will hold the following open forums:

April 1: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Open Forum with Faculty
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
All Skidmore faculty are invited to attend this session.

April 2: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Open Forum with Staff
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
All Skidmore staff are invited to attend this session.

April 2: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm.
Open Forum with Students
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
All Skidmore students are invited to attend this session.

We encourage all members of the campus community to visit the search website and to attend an open forum.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and nominations, which may be submitted via the search website. Please note that your individual submissions will be treated as confidential. Information will be shared with the committee in an aggregate, anonymous format.

We look forward to beginning our work with the committee. We will provide updates to the community whenever we have new information to report.


Jon Achenbaum and Maxine Isaacs
Presidential Search Committee Co-chairs